ERIC Number: EJ950261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Dell Hymes's Construct of "Communicative Competence"
Cazden, Courtney B.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v42 n4 p364-369 Dec 2011
Cazden reflects on theoretical and sociopolitical origins of Hymes's construct of communicative competence in events occurring just before and after 1960 in the U.S. She comments on Hymes's emphasis on competence not as abstract systemic potential of a language, but as capability located in individual persons; and she explores competence as both individual repertoire and group reservoir. She reminds us that Hymes's "appropriateness" is primarily about emergent, creative, non-situationally determined use of language.
Descriptors: Language Usage, Communicative Competence (Languages), United States History, Sociolinguistics
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